Highlighter can accentuate your features and give your skin a stunning glow, but in addition to choosing a great illuminating product, you'll want the right brush to really make it shine. The best drugstore highlighter brushes are just as dependable as their luxury counterparts, but cost a fraction of the price. They come in several shapes and sizes, so the best way to find your perfect match will be to think about the type of highlighter you reach for the most (cream, liquid, or powder), and which parts of your face you typically illuminate.
To help you choose the right affordable makeup brush, here's a breakdown of the types that pair best with highlighter:
Tapered: Because of its pointed tip, this style is best for precise application that won't require a lot of blending. It's also best suited for powder formulas, since the dense, tapered end may leave too much of a streaky finish with a cream or liquid product.
Fan:This shape is fantastic for achieving a light, subtle dusting of powder highlighter, but it can also be used to diffuse and blend cream and liquid formulas, too. Tip: Turn it vertically for an easy way to strobe the bridge of your nose.
Setting:As the name suggests, these dome-shaped brushes are a go-to for setting powders because they leave a light, even dusting of product. However, when it comes to highlighter, you'll want to go for a smaller, micro version that can zero in on cheekbones. The fluffy bristles can be used successfully with any consistency, from powders to liquids.
Stipple: Thanks to their duo-fiber design (featuring two bristle lengths and thicknesses), stippling brushes let you pick up the most minimal amount of product and dab it on until you reach the desired effect. This makes them especially ideal for cream or liquid highlighters that may already be quite intense.